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Deadly London tower blaze began in Hotpoint fridge freezer, police say

The Grenfell Tower fire is believed to have been started by a Hotpoint fridge freezer. The inferno at the 24-storey building in Kensington left 79 dead or missing presumed dead. She was also aware of illegal subletting and that there may be visitors unaccounted for. We are looking at every health and safety offence. "What we are dealing with now, as you can imagine in the intense heat, is a very distressing scene". Read More »

Should Democrats be anxious about their losing streak?

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But after Donald Trump took office and Republicans dove into their agenda of repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law, Democrats' united opposition papered over their divisions and their generational divides. "The House remains in play now". Asked if that meant Pelosi should go, Moulton - who backed Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan's challenge to Pelosi's leadership post a year ago - said: "I think that's a question for the caucus to decide". Read More »

North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death is a 'mystery'

Ria Westergaard Pedersen, 33, who was with Warmbier in North Korea , told the Danish broadcaster TV2 that he had been nervous when taking pictures of soldiers, and said she doubted North Korea's explanation for his arrest. Three Americans remain in custody in North Korea. We jumped up and down ... In its first official comment following his death, Pyongyang says Warmbier was " a victim of the policy of strategic patience " of then-US President Obama, whose administration never requested ... Read More »

North Korea denies mistreatment of U.S. captive Otto Warmbier

The 22-year-old, who died on Monday just over a week after being flown home to OH, had spent a year suffering from a severe brain injury that North Korean doctors claimed had been caused by a heart attack and taking a pill for botulism. Rodman's agent, Chris Volo , says his client personally lobbied the Pyongyang government for Warmbier's return home. North Korea's statement mentioned that it showed mercy to a criminal who was the enemy of the state, even though there was no need to do so. Read More »

GOP senators now oppose health bill; enough to sink it

Brian Sandoval Friday morning, pointing to the bill's dramatic reductions in Medicaid . Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill revealed Thursday, June 22, by Republican . The Senate measure would make major cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people. However, the two do differ in a few key ways: The Senate bill calls for federal insurance subsidies to be linked to income rather than age and also blocks federally subsidized health plans from ... Read More »

North Korea Considers Conditional Moratorium on Weapons Testing

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At the same time, Moon insisted that "strong" sanctions should be imposed if North Korea attempts an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch or sixth nuclear test. Moon described Japan as an important partner in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, but said he was anxious about its military armament and refusal to acknowledge historical issues. Read More »

United States lays down gauntlet to China on N. Korea regime

In a phone conversation with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Kim Dong-yeon said any efforts Seoul makes in denuclearizing the isolated country will in cooperation with the United States and the global community, South Korea's finance ministry said in a statement. Read More »

North Korea denies mistreatment of USA captive Otto Warmbier

But his scorn for the reclusive nation has seemingly grown in the days since Otto Warmbier , a young American man who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months and reportedly tortured, was returned to the US last week in a coma. The KCNA said the North dealt with Mr Warmbier, 22, according to domestic law and global standards. They showed his phone, passport, notebook, even the blazer worn during his trip to North Korea. Read More »

At Iowa rally, Donald Trump praises Fox and attacks CNN and NBC

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Entrenched career politician Nancy Pelosi is finally feeling the heat from an unlikely place - her own Party. Or, Pelosi could announce prior to the midterms that she won't seek the leadership position again, as New York Rep. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine". Read More »

Korea Calls Trump a 'Psychopath'

He added that the two sides agreed they will not engage in business with North Korean organizations that are subject to United Nations sanctions. "We must step up our efforts to help curtail these sources of revenue". "What you're seeing, I think, is the American people's frustration with a regime that provokes and provokes and provokes and basically plays outside the rules , plays fast and loose with the truth", he said. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing U.S. student Warmbier

Warmbier, who graduated from the school as salutatorian in 2013, will be buried at a local cemetery later in the day. Vagonis, who had dated Warmbier for more than a year prior to his detainment, said at the vigil that it was the support of her friends and family that has helped her through the heartbreaking months. Read More »

Dean Heller Joins Republican Opposition to Senate Health Care Plan

He said along with support from President Donald Trump , "I think we're going to get this thing done, put it in conference and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced ". For example, the Senate would keep roughly the same sorts of tax credits for health coverage available in the Affordable Care Act - but those tax credits would be significantly cut in 2020 and tied to coverage that is less generous. Read More »

North Korea calls itself 'victim'

The tweet came on the eve of meetings Wednesday that are part of the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, which pairs U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Gen. Read More »

A victory for party, not Trump

They believe that the president is being underestimated yet again, just as he was when polls predicted his defeat in the crucial states that determined the outcome of the presidential election. "Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told members. But it's also clear that many Democrats in the House, if not the large majority, don't see it that way. Read More »

China asked U.S. officials to remove THAAD from South Korea

Beerck described Warmbier as a "goofy kid" who would "drop anything to help his friends". Warmbier's brother and sister spoke at Thursday's memorial, as did a number of his friends, said attendee Fred Koss. But the doctors who examined him after his return disputed the botulism claim and said he had "extensive loss of tissue" in his brain. "He should have never been detained in the first place", Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters on Thursday. Read More »

Are Americans Allowed In North Korea? Otto Warmbier's Death Sparks Policy Talks

Chinese officials were not immediately available for comment after the talks. But on Tuesday, Trump sent a tweet suggesting Xi's efforts had not borne fruit-a message he reiterated before supporters in Iowa. Bae was the longest-held US citizen in North Korea since the Korean War - first detained in 2012 and released two years later. His family is blaming North Korea for "awful, torturous mistreatment". Read More »

North Korea denies mistreating USA student who died

The thousands of funeral goers formed two lines as Mr Warmbier's coffin was carried into Wyoming High School for the 45-minute service, and then along the three-mile route to the cemetery. Department of State learned he had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism. The Hamilton County Coroner's Office in OH examined the 22-year-old's body after his death Monday, and honored his family's wish not to have an autopsy. Read More »

11 killed, 24 injured in Pakistan's Parachinar twin blast

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Officials said emergency had been imposed in all hospitals across Parachinar. No militant group has claimed responsibility for the blasts in Parachinar yet, however Sunni militant groups have frequently claimed responsibility for attacks in the region in the past. Read More »

North Korea warns against following 'psychopath' Donald Trump

Warmbier died Monday after being released last week from North Korea, where he had been held for about 17 months. The North Korean commentary drew in South Korea which they said should realize "following psychopath Trump ... 22-year-old American Otto Warmbier died less than a week after his return to the U.S. after almost a year and a half in North Korean detention. He died on Monday in a USA hospital. Read More »

US military says crisis communications link with Russia 'in use'

In Tuesday's incident, the US-led coalition said an F-15E Strike Eagle jet destroyed an armed Shahed-129 drone in the early hours of the morning as it neared the Al-Tanaf base along Syria's eastern border. But it later emerged that Russian Federation and the United States continued to use the hotline even after Moscow said it was hanging up. United States military involvement in Syria long was limited to attacks against ISIS targets, with the occasional attack against al-Qaeda forces in ... Read More »

PM Modi arrives in Lisbon, to meet Portugal PM

After the United States visit, Modi will travel to the Netherlands on June 27 where he will have a meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima. "I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations". The deal would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance. Read More »

Londoners in temporary housing after fire safety evacuations

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The buildings that have been evacuated have similar cladding to Grenfell, so the council have asked people to leave while it is taken off the buildings. Heartbreaking messages written on red London Fire Brigade T-shirts offer poignant tributes alongside flowers, toys and candles at the shrine. Grenfell Tower is situated in Kensington, one of the richest boroughs in Europe. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing U.S. student Otto Warmbier

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United States doctors said Mr Warmbier had suffered a severe neurological injury from an unknown cause. The family announced Warmbier's death in a statement, saying that the "awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we received today". Read More »

Twins in first place as big draft night arrives

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MLB .com's scouting report for Greene notes his future is on the mound with a fastball that settles in the 95-98 miles per hour range and "two breaking balls, and they'll run into each other occasionally, with some thinking he'll focus on a slider in the future, with a chance for that secondary pitch to be at least major league average". Read More »

ICC Women's World Cup begins today in England

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Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday advised the country's women's cricket team taking part in the ICC Women's World Cup in England, to emulate their male counterparts - the newly-crowned Champions Trophy winners. "My advice to the team would be similar to the one that I gave to the men's team - the players must play fearless cricket and shouldn't be anxious about defeat", Afridi wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council ( ICC ) website. Read More »